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2018 Equipment Assistance Grants for Local Educational Agencies

Grants to Maryland LEAs for Equipment
to Improve School Meal Programs

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Deadline Date:

11/30/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $90,000 to Maryland local education agencies to purchase equipment to improve the quality of school meal programs or increase participation in the National School Lunch Program. Requests may be for equipment replacements, new equipment, the refurbishment or repair of equipment, and installation costs.

Priorities and Criteria:
1. High need schools (i.e. schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources, and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
2. Other factors including, but not limited to the following:
a. Opportunities to realize meaningful impacts on nutrition and quality of meals (such as serving more local foods or replacing fryers with combination steamer-ovens);
b. Strategies for adopting lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student population (e.g., highlighting healthier choices, redesigning menus that target healthier entrees/options);
c. The availability of existing State and local funding for equipment purchases; and
d. Age of food service equipment.
3. Priority is also given to schools that have not received a previous NSLP Equipment Grant.

Equipment requests may include new equipment, renovation of equipment, or replacement of equipment. Regulations at 2 CFR Part 200.33 define equipment as tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.

For FY 2018 Equipment Assistance Grants only, Congress has specified that the threshold for the purchase of equipment cannot be lower than $1,000. All individual items requested under this grant must be valued at $1,000 or more, unless the LEA has established a lower threshold. Cost(s) incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151119

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 10-15

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $1,000 to $90,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: October 1, 2018 –September 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LEAs participating in the National School Lunch Program are eligible.

Costs incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Incomplete proposals and those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Notification of awards will be sent no later than Thursday. January 31, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The completed proposal must be submitted by email to Jill Goldberg at:

Michial A. Gill, Ph.D., Director of Grants Administration
Office: 410-767-3170
Mobile: 410-371-6955
Fax: 410-333-6033

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland